Yo El Rey Wines was founded in 2017. I was born and raised in South Africa, and my move to London was rooted in wanting to expose myself to the exciting wine scene in the U.K. What was meant to be a year's hiatus snowballed into eight. It's been a wild ride. I've met some incredible people and seen some amazing places, and without all of this, Yo El Rey would not exist.
Yo El Rey means "I, the King", and was inspired by a young Pablo Picasso who signed an early self-portrait with this tagline. It's become a mantra that has propelled this dream to make wine. It's a reminder to always believe in both myself and my dreams, and to never, ever give up on the journey.
The wines are made with the least amount of intervention possible, and my hope is that they are pure, approachable and above all, delicious. These wines are for people like you and me, people who prefer to live slowly, and who appreciate the small pleasures that life affords us.